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Vol 43 No 17

Published 30th August 2002


Digging a hole

The World Bank appears to be struggling to create transparency but at least it's trying

Digging a trench is easier than establishing accountable institutions. Yet the World Bank is supposed to be financing the Chad-Cameroon pipeline project precisely to set up these kinds of safeguards and prevent the kind of unaccountable oil development seen in countries such as Sudan (AC Vol 43 No 5). The leaking of a report on the project by the Bank's independent Inspection Panel, requested in March 2001 by Chadian opposition leader Ngarléjy Yorongar on behalf of himself and over 100 residents of the Doba Basin, comes just in time to embarrass the Bank at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa.

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